So, you are doing a play, and you need to make a stage prop. Well, lots of different plays use different types of props and items that create the image you want to make your audience believe. Yeah, you can buy those items from your nearest craft stores, but honestly, that’s going to be a bit costly. In fact, most of the time, the ready-made items fail to deliver the look we want to express. That’s why I recommend making our own props for getting the precision. Don’t worry; it’s not that hard. I am here to make your play on budget and by showing you how to make stage props cardboard with some simplest techniques. So, forget what you have seen before and let your money rest in your pocket.
Things You Will Need For This Project
- Transparency sheets
- Duct tape
- Transmissive overhead projector
- Acrylic paint
- Utility knife
- Artist’s paintbrush
How to Make Stage Props Cardboard
Cardboard provides a wonderful way to express our creativity. So, making the props with cardboard is definitely going to be the best idea. To ensure everything is going well before the play, it is always better to prepare the cardboard props a few days earlier. However, follow the steps below to make your props alive.
First of all, you have to choose the props that you want to make for your play. For this, you can search online and find out the objects you need to make. You can use these photos to draw the layouts of your props. I am considering that you have already figured out the layouts. So, take your pencil and draw out the layout.
On the other hand, you can use your print out the layout on a transparency sheet by using your printer. It will help you to draw out the layouts easily and effortlessly. If you still feel any complications, you can use the grid technique to draw the images.
Mount the cardboard piece on the wall. For this, you can use your duct tape or the pins for a secured attachment. Once it is done, place the transparency sheet on the overhead of your projector. It will shine the image properly on the cardboard and help you to acquire the accurate measurement. So, if you have got that, go ahead and start drawing the interior lines according to the image.
Next, remove the cardboard from the wall and cut the pieces along the outline. Use the utility knife to cut the cardboard slowly. It will help you to prevent sloppy and unusual cuts throughout the operation.
Now, use different colors that will make your props livelier. So, use your acrylic paint to color up your prop. Make sure to work carefully so that the color doesn’t go outside the borders. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to remove the acrylic paint. Once you complete the coloring, your prop will be ready to rock and roll.
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